On-Campus Museum Connections

Local museum galleries often serve as dynamic classrooms for courses, allowing faculty and students first-hand access to paintings, prints, sculptures and decorative objects. The collections are also used for individual or course research projects, sometimes leading to an exhibition.

With over 7,000 objects, the Skinner Museum has important collections of minerals, fossils, furniture, maritime objects, firearms, glass, ceramics and tools.

The Joseph Allern Skinner Museum

Founded in 1876, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum contains a searchable collection of 24,000 works of art, decorative art and material culture from around the world. There are opportunities to intern at the Art Museum or to join the Student Guide program, in which students develop educational programs using the collection.

Museum Internships

In addition to museum internships at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, there are also many opportunities for American museum internships and international museum internships.

Lyndsey Ingram standing in front of a painting

From Sotheby's internship to gallery owner

Lyndsey Ingram ’2001: my internship was the most meaningful and significant thing that happened at the start of my career.
Lauren in front of a painting in a museum

The importance of art knowledge

Lauren Parda Kusek '2014 FP: my student research of Roman and Northern Renaissance collections informed my work in the non-profit world.
Lucy Gong

A great opportunity at hand.

Yingxi (Lucy) Gong '13: The museum staff was not only my daily colleagues but also mentors — they trusted and supported my work and interests.

More American history, please

Kirsten Reoch '90: as a docent in a historical art museum I was interested in the actual built structure of the house and its restoration over the years.